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113 In The New Skin&Ink– Ladies, Ladies! Art Show Women in Tattoo: “Ladies, Ladies!” Art Show

By Marisa Kakoulas

Photography by JJ Ignotz

At Brooklyn’s Tattoo Culture Studio and Art Gallery, on December 10th, as a throng of tattooed masses spilled out onto the sidewalk, the chatter could be heard from down the block. The excitement was over the exhibition inside: an art show described as “historically important” by veteran tattooist Juli Moon, for its celebration of women tattoo artists as fine artists.

212 In The New Skin&Ink– Ladies, Ladies! Art Show The “Ladies, Ladies!” Art Show, curated by Elvia Iannaccone Gezlev (aka Miss Elvia) and Emma Griffiths, featured works from over fifty female tattooists, including those who have been tattooing for over thirty years like Madame Vyvyn Lazonga, Pat Sinatra, Debbie Lenz and Juli Moon. And these modern godmothers of tattoo were all in attendance at the opening. “Having Vyvyn, Pat, Juli and Debbie all come to the opening was just magic, as they are heroes of mine and their longevity and commitment to tattooing means so much,” said Griffiths. The crowd flocked around these legends, particularly upcoming artists who were hungry for advice or a good story. Even Juli herself 311 In The New Skin&Ink– Ladies, Ladies! Art Show expressed reverence for her fellow groundbreaker: “When I started tattooing over thirty-three years ago, there weren’t that many women. Vyvyn Lazonga was my hero, and I’m so happy she’s here!” She added, “I think it’s important for the world to know that, yes, we are artists. We not only tattoo but we do all different types of art.” Indeed, a variety of artistic media were on view, from oil paintings to photographs to drawings to mixed media.

Read the entire article in the July issue of Skin&Ink. On sale now.

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BOX BlackAndGrey 1 72dpi The Win The Black & Grey Tattoo Book Set Contest is Now Live!The release of Skin&Ink’s January issue on November 9 officially marked the opening of our magazine’s latest contest.

Click on the link to the left of this page to enter for your chance to win one of the (if not THE) largest book on tattooing ever published.

Three volumes featuring over 1000 pages and weighing in at 22lbs, the Black and Grey Tattoo Book Set is valued at around $340.00.

The winner will also receive a hand written congratulatory note from the author of the Black & Grey Tattoo Book, Marisa Kakoulas.

This contest is FREE to enter and all entries must be received by 12/21.